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Archive for October, 2008

The Internet is Tubes

Posted by Sam Churchill on October 31st, 2008

Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens will be allowed to vote in next week’s election, despite having been convicted of multiple felonies in federal court. “I have not been convicted of anything,” he maintained during a Thursday night debate in Anchorage, only days before Tuesday’s election. I don’t believe in taking cheap shots. But it’s Halloween.

Netbooks Run Windows 7

Posted by Sam Churchill on October 31st, 2008

Laptop Magazine tested Windows 7 Ultimate (Pre-Beta) on an ASUS Eee PC 1000H. And just as Microsoft said: it works. The Eee PC running a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor and 1GB of RAM handles the new operating system pretty well, just as it ran Vista pretty well when we loaded Vista Basic on it […]

Sprint Goblin Tracker — Half Price

Posted by Sam Churchill on October 31st, 2008

Sprint Nextel is targeting parents of trick-or-treaters by halving the price of its GPS-based child-locating service. Starting today, parents can now use Sprint Family Locator, including recent enhancements, for just $5 per month. Sprint Family Locator allows parents to view the location of their children from a Web-enabled phone or computer. Sprint has also upgraded […]

NAB Horror Stories

Posted by Sam Churchill on October 31st, 2008

Consumer advocacy group, Free Press says don’t be frightened by their fear-mongering message that our TVs will never be the same if some broadcast channels are used for high-speed Internet. Lobbyists at the National Association of Broadcasters are trying to scare Washington with horror stories about “white spaces” — vacant TV channels that can be […]

DOJ Okays Alltel/Verizon Merger

Posted by Sam Churchill on October 31st, 2008

The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday gave the green light on the merger of Alltel with Verizon Wireless. Alltel, the 5th largest wireless provider in the United States, would then become a part of Verizon Wireless, the 2nd largest (after AT&T). The merger should then make Verizon the largest U.S. cellular carrier with some 80 […]

Sprint Keeps Nextel

Posted by Sam Churchill on October 31st, 2008

After failing to find a buyer for its Nextel cellphone unit, Sprint Nextel Corp. said Thursday it will hold on to the Nextel and renew their long-term partnership with Motorola, reports the WS Journal. “The iDEN network is a key differentiator for Sprint, as it allows us to offer products and services no other carrier […]